Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books with host William Roka live, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.
Join us online on Sunday, June 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET (11: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT) with Carolyn Eastman, as she discusses her book "The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity."
"The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity," uses the career of a performer of the very early nineteenth century to tell a new story about the intersection of political culture and celebrity—at a moment when the United States was in the midst of invention. James Ogilvie's career featured many of the hallmarks of celebrity we recognize from later eras: glamorous friends, eccentric clothing, scandalous religious views, narcissism, and even an alarming drug habit. Yet he captivated audiences with his eloquence and inaugurated a golden age of American oratory. Examining his roller-coaster career and the Americans who admired (or hated) him, this book renders a unique portrait of the United States during the founding era.
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